1 year no softdrink… so proud of myself!!

I have just celebrated one year of not drinking any softdrink!!  I was addicted to Coke, I could easily of had between 2-4 cans a day. I have had a sip or two in this time of lemonade and I twisted my face and passed the glass back each time, it was far too sweet.  Now all I drink is water, coffee or homemade juice, I don’t feel the need for anything more.  I am truly proud of myself for quitting Coke and not having a sip of it for a full year… it has been hard but I am so much better for it!!


image courtesy of Melissa Pratt Photography, sequin top from Sorbet

It was March 2013 that made the huge decision to have Gastric Sleeve surgery, you can read why I made this choice here.  I had my surgery on 6th June 2013 and to date I have lost 38kg (and feeling fantastic!).  Sadly I have been on a plateau for most of 2014.  When the kids started school back in January and I remember being so close to my next goal of 40kg, I had only 5 kg to go, now 3 months later I still have two kilos to lose, losing that 3kg was hard work I can only imagine this next two will be harder again.  In the beginning my weight loss was fast, but this last few months has been frustrating, I was actually hoping to be at my ultimate goal of 50kg already.

I say frustrating, because I’m not good at being patient, however I’m not disappointed that I haven’t reached my ultimate goal either.  I don’t mind that I am losing it slowly and I have the faith that I will, but obviously to get through this plateau something needs to change.  I do two personal training sessions plus two early morning bootcamp sessions each week, I know I’m exercising enough, so maybe I need to concentrate more on my food intake.  Over the next few weeks I am going to try the following:

  • Drink plenty of water, I know I don’t drink enough
  • Avoiding processed and refined foods such as bread and pasta
  • Read the labels, limit the number of preservatives and additives
  • Less fats, no fried foods
  • Less sugar
  • Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables

My food diary

I am terrible at remembering to take my vitamins each day and there are days that my energy levels are really low.  I have created this food diary printable so I can write down the food I have eaten and then at the end of the day if my energy levels are low look back and see what may have been the cause, perhaps something I have eaten, or I forgot my vitamins??

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Click here to visit shop 600WI am so determined to reach my 40kg goal by 6th June, fingers crossed I can reach it!!

What food or drink have you given up to improve your health?

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Julie Mell May 28, 2014 - 1:42 AM

You look fabulous

Andy Painter May 28, 2014 - 2:09 AM

I gave up coffee. I loved coffee but even the smell of it made me start to feel ill so I guess the body was guiding me. Keep up your excellent work!

Hayley Kruger Gradwell May 28, 2014 - 4:47 AM

I think you’re really Awesome!!!

Nina May 28, 2014 - 6:32 AM

Hun, do not cut your fat intake. In order to lose more weight you need to eat more fat and cut bread, pasta, rice and potatoes altogether.

Your exercise regime looks fine providing you get enough low paced cardio. Unbalanced ratio of high and low paced exercise can cause your weight to plateau.

Try these and you will succeed!

Katrina May 28, 2014 - 9:06 AM

Thank you for the tip Nina, I’ll look into that. I can’t eat a lot of rice and pasta, fills me up too quickly, so that will be an easy area to cut out!

Julia K May 28, 2014 - 6:58 AM

Oh Katrina – that is just a stunning photo of you. You’re smiling with your whole face. What a year you have had – congratulations !

Katrina May 28, 2014 - 9:07 AM

Naw thank you Julia, yes my dimples have come back too, they have been hiding for a few years!!

Belinda May 28, 2014 - 7:50 AM

Love the photo, you’re gorgeous.

Good for you in kicking the soft drink. I never used to drink it but I do much more now than I ever did before. I think I will need to use you as inspiration!

I love your blogs & really enjoy reading your email each morning. Thanks

Katrina May 28, 2014 - 9:10 AM

It was hard to mentally make the change Belinda, but what helped was knowing I am making a better choice for my body and future health. Create an alternative while you are giving it up, when you usually had a glass of softdrink change it to something else, I used sugar free cordial for a while, now it’s just plain water. It’s a good idea to not have it in the fridge or house at all, so there is no temptation. But the whole family on a detox until you are at the point that you know you don’t want it.

Peta Sladden May 28, 2014 - 9:42 AM

Congratulations on giving up coke. I have to admit I’m not the best eater but really don’t eat all that much. It is my addiction to cola soft drink that has put and kept the weight on. I found that when I drank more coffee I lost 11kg in four months and I am hoping that I will be able to cut down on the soft drink even more over winter as I will drink more coffee. Now my size doesn’t bother me but I would like to be healthier. So I do know how hard the addiction to coke is and hopefully this time next year my addiction to it will be gone. Thank you for making me remember it is possible.

Ashley Middleton Longstaff May 28, 2014 - 10:25 AM

I think you have done amazing Kat. Have just sent you an email with an idea that might help.

Yibba Yabba Mama May 28, 2014 - 11:17 AM

Well done! I am so glad you are sharing your journey, it may just be the thing to inspire someone else to transform themselves to a healthy new person. Don’t be disappointed by the plateau….you look so great and so happy…what more could a woman want?

Silvia Llorens Colongues May 28, 2014 - 11:35 AM

To remember to take the vitamins, what I do is place them inside the Breakfast cupboard. I have a cupboard just on top of the coffee machine so in the mornings I go straight there and make coffee. I have the coffee, sweetener, jams, honey, tea, cereals, etc. All that we need to start preparing breakfast. So I see the vitamins straight away and take them with my breakfast. If I don’t see them I forget just like you! Congratulations! You’re an example for us!!!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 28, 2014 - 4:18 PM

Well done Katrina! My sister had the same issue and now she drinks a lot of soda water instead. And well done on your weight loss too!

Katrina May 28, 2014 - 8:10 PM

Thanks Lorraine!! I had some fizzy water the other day, ooh it was horrible, plain old normal water is all I need!!!

Sally May 28, 2014 - 7:52 PM

That is an amazing job Katrina, give up the juice as well and all fructose (except fruit) but eat the full fat foods as they have less sugar and fill you up quicker therefore eating less. I have read the David Gillespie books and is so easy to do and you will feel amazing and have so much more energy. Basically anything with more then 5grms of sugar to every 100grms is not allowed, except for diary, you have to add 4.7 grms (total 9.7grms / 100gms) to allow for luctose. Good luck with your last few kgs.

Katrina May 28, 2014 - 8:09 PM

Thanks Sally, the juice I have is homemade, nothing but pure fruit and ice, so good!!

TDMJ May 28, 2014 - 9:56 PM

Sally is right on the money 🙂 I’ve recently given up sugar, which I thought I’d NEVER be able to do – and it really wasn’t that hard – like you Kat, now, if I touch anything that’s been sweetened, it revolts me. It actually feels like I’ve made a huge difference for not that much effort!?

Juice isn’t great, even if it’s home made – sure, it has some nutritional value, it’s still so much sugar, which can cause a blood sugar spike and make you crave more sugar!!

Some other ideas, in case they’re helpful?

* eat the whole fruit – your absorption of the sugar is slowed by all the water and fibre;
* make vegetable juice with just a little fruit added until you get used to the taste.

Good luck Kat, you’re doing an amazing job and I’ve no doubt you’ll get there 😉

Katrina May 29, 2014 - 8:36 AM

Thank you, I have been meaning to make more green juices, they are filled with the veg like you suggest 😉

Jo May 28, 2014 - 8:10 PM

I’ve been addicted to diet coke for about 15 years. I tried giving up or cutting back several times, but never lasted very long. For some of this time (including most of last year) I was drinking up to 4 litres a day!

In April I had to have blood tests done and my liver function test came back ‘abnomal’. I was told in no uncertain terms to stop drinking diet coke. I did some research (something I’d never done before because I just didn’t want to know!) and was horrified by what I discovered soft drinks, especially diet soft drinks, do to our livers!

In the last week of April thjs yearI was ‘down’ to 1 – 1 1/2 litres a day. On Sunday May 4th I had my last bottle of diet coke. I have one or two cans of full sugar softdrink

Jo May 28, 2014 - 8:12 PM

a week now, usually Friday night after work. I’m not game to have diet coke – it hasn’t been very long and I don’t want to fall off tbe wagon again. The withdrawals this time were enough! Don’t wanna do that again!

Jo May 28, 2014 - 8:13 PM

Stupid phone! keep hitting submit when I’m not ready!

Well done Trina. You are looking fabulous xo

Katrina May 28, 2014 - 8:18 PM

LOL, calling me Trina, I just realised who Jo is (only my family call me this name 🙂 this is my cousin!!!). Jo I am so so proud of you as I know you have tried to give up before and reading about your withdrawals. I had horrible headaches, but honestly looking after your health and increasing your energy levels makes it all worth it. Love ya xx

Katrina May 28, 2014 - 8:14 PM

That’s awesome Jo, nearly a month with no Diet Coke, that is an amazing achievement considering how much you had regularly. I am so proud of you. Continue with it, it’s a personal goal for you to reach 1 year and it’s such a milestone, you won’t be bloated and you will have so much more energy, I’m so excited for you!!!

Carly May 28, 2014 - 8:32 PM

My cousin is an amazing dietician and her advice is to change up the exercise regularly to ‘shock’ your body as it becomes conditioned to the regular exercise you do. If you normally run, try cycling for a couple of weeks or incorporate some heavier weights into your resistance training. You look absolutely amazing so please don’t be disappointed with a plateau, you are so much better off than you were this time last year and you’ll be even better off this time next year 🙂

Ashley May 28, 2014 - 8:38 PM

Kat I think you have done amazing and looking so well. I have just sent you an email with an idea that I think might help.

Katrina May 29, 2014 - 8:41 AM

Thanks Ashley 🙂

Susan May 28, 2014 - 9:45 PM

Well done Katrina. My brother has lost 60kg in the last year and has become a runner. Read a bit about the sugar as suggested by some other readers it’s not really as painful as it sounds, it does require a lot of noticing what is in things though. Weight loss is about 80% related to what you put in your mouth and 20% to exercise. I personally exercise to maintain my mental health.
Good on you. Keep going.

Katrina May 29, 2014 - 8:37 AM

That’s right Susan, I think the exercise is also just as good for the mind as well, I love getting out and exercising now 😉

Anne-Marie May 28, 2014 - 10:12 PM

Many people say they eat healthy but don’t look at portion size. Get on to one of the calorie counting websites and workout how many calories you are truly consuming vs what you should be eating. Fruit in particular is good for us but if you are juicing the fruit you could be having many more serves than you think. Look for the hidden calories in your diet and you will soon be on your weight loss journey again.

Katrina May 29, 2014 - 8:35 AM

Yes, I have been told to use My Fitness Pal to help track the calories 🙂

Christina @ Mr and Mrs Romance May 28, 2014 - 11:43 PM

That’s awesome Kat! You look fantastic and that’s such a hard habit to break. Well done x

Katrina May 29, 2014 - 8:34 AM

Thank you Christina!

Renee May 29, 2014 - 6:17 AM

Kat, you have done an amazing thing with your life, remember to be kind to yourself and in all honesty don’t get too hung up about those last kilo’s. I’ve lost almost 30kg, it’s taken me 2 years, I’ve always struggled with my weight, but slow loss is good loss from my experience. The last 2 months I’ve had a bit of a blow out (Easter, I got married, I had a hand injury & couldn’t weights train etc etc), I was expecting to get on the scales & just cry, instead, yes I have put on just under 2 kilo’s, but I was actually pretty excited about that. WHY? Because it means I’ve re-trained my body, I haven’t starved it, I automatically portion my food for my requirements without even thinking now. I couldn’t be more THRILLED!

I’m back into getting those 2 kilo’s back off (& hopefully they’ll take a few extra friends with them…lol…).

Katrina May 29, 2014 - 8:34 AM

Thank you Renee, your right, I need to be kind to myself, but I do know that I have it in me 🙂 You have done so very very well in your journey, 30kg is an amazing effort I can just imagine how different you feel… and for the better. Do you know I didn’t eat any Easter eggs over easter, no desire!!

Kylie May 29, 2014 - 12:23 PM

Huge congratulations Katrina, you are looking fabulous and have so much to be proud of.
I agree with the comment about eating more fat – as long as it is animal fats, ie butter, lard (beef dripping or pork lard for example), cream. coconut oil is also wonderful and it’s good to cook in as the quality and structure of the oil is not destroyed by heat.
As a family (my partner, myself & our 3 children for medical food intolerance reasons), we have given up all grains, starches and sugar, so no rice, wheat, sugar, potatoes or starchy flours such as tapioca or arrowroot. and we have increased our animal fats, cutting out all vegetable oils. My partner lost 15kg in a bit over 2 weeks and is now steadily losing a little more each week. I lost another 5kg in that 2 weeks after hitting a plateau with my weight loss and I’m now maintaining my weight. Losing a few more kgs would be nice but that’s purely to bring me under my pre-baby weight and fit back into a special dress I wore not long after meeting my partner 🙂
As a side note, my children are happy & healthy and thriving on the eating plan.
You don’t need to give up the yummy baked goods either. there are some wonderful delicious Paleo recipes around that would be perfect for you.
here’s one I’m sure you would love: http://quirkycooking.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/gooey-flourless-fudge-brownies-with.html
FYI – Flanneries is a good source for the chocolate 😉

Miley June 2, 2014 - 6:25 AM

Let me congratulate you too, Katrina. That’s great achievement. And I know that amazing feeling of being proud of yourself as well. I used to smoke too much when I was younger, but now I haven’t had a cigarette in 6 years!

Keep up the spirit and good luck in your next task!

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Deanne Shannon August 3, 2014 - 5:20 PM

You are really inspirational Kat. I have tried several times to give up Coke and I go good for a little while and then something happens and I go straight back to it. I turned 40 this week an have decided that I am going to get back on track and hope to loose 25kg ideally in 6 months but realistically 12 months. My goal is to go in the mothers day fun run next year and just to declutter my whole life finances, house, weight etc to be the best version of me. On my 40th birthday invitation I had a photo of me 18 years old and friends who hadn’t known me back then didn’t believe that was me and then I heard my hubby say yes that is the woman I married. I would love to give him back the woman he married. So I am sitting here drinking my last bottle of coke not for a short while this time forever. Thank you for your blogs advice and guidance I really enjoy all of it and feel like I am talking with friends when I talk to you.

Katrina August 4, 2014 - 8:41 AM

I’m so excited for you Deanne, this is going to be such a positive change for you and will improve your health so much, you may get another 40 years!! It’s tough giving up the soft drink but be very very in that first week, then the next week won’t be as hard and by the end of that fortnight you will be so proud of your achievement and the desire should be gone. Have an alternative on hand for the cravings, I used sugar free cordial as my alternative in the beginning, but now I find that too sweet and am just happy with water. Wishing you all the best and a very big Happy Birthday!!

kristine October 9, 2015 - 5:44 PM

Hi! Im kristine from the Philippines today is October 9, 2015 and exactly this is my 365th day of not drinking softdrinks or sodas. And Im happy and grateful for reading your post Katrina. At first it was very hard because I really like the taste of softdrinks. But when I set my goal Ive been dedicated dnd I discipline myself coz I always visualized after a year of being a healthy and I do believe that my story can inspire other people. If you are reading Katrina’s blog and my comment I thank you for taking time to read and get inspired. Happy changing lives! To God be all the glory.

Helen Crafter July 6, 2016 - 12:10 PM

Hi Katrina,
I’m currently going through all the required appointments prior to having my surgery sometime in the next few months.
Thank you for being so REAL with your information – I’ve learnt heaps!
I’m 59 in August (eeeek) and made the decision 15 months ago to get my life back before it’s too late. I’m having my surgery in Hamilton (Vic) and can’t wait. I had 2 hip replacements about 3 yrs ago and I owe it to them if nothing else!!
I intend to be a happier and healthier version of my old self by the time I hit the dreaded 60, and learn to love myself for the first time in many years…..


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